lubuntu 17.10 Artful Aardvark released

lubuntu 17.10 has been released!

What is Lubuntu?

Lubuntu is a lightweight Linux flavor using Ubuntu and LXDE as its base. The project’s goal is to provide a lightweight yet functional distribution. Lubuntu specifically targets older machines with lower resources, but also runs great on newer hardware. Along with a simple but usable graphical user interface, Lubuntu comes with a wide variety of applications chosen for their small footprint so you can browse, email, chat, play, and be productive.

Where can I download it?

On the server with the following architectures:

Download lubuntu amd64 (64-bit suitable for most computers)

Download lubuntu i386 (32-bit most PCs before 2007)

The release notes are here if you wish to read them. We have left out some notes that are common to all flavors, so read the Ubuntu release notes if you wish.

The 17.10 version had been respun. Some laptops were not suitable for the first version 17.10. The BIOS got corrupted due to Intel SPI bug in kernel. Read more on Phoronix and check if your machine could be affected in the bug issue.

What’s improved since 17.04?

  • We now ship with Linux Kernel 4.13.
  • General bug fix release as we prepare to switch to LXQt.
  • LXDE components have been updated with bug fixes.
  • The artwork has received an update.
  • The latest release of Audacious, 3.9, is included by default.
  • Hardinfo has been updated to the latest upstream snapshot.

System Requirements

Lubuntu is a good operating system for many old computers, but not for all of them. Some computers have too little horsepower or memory. A rule of thumb is that the computer should not be more than 10 years old (although some older computers are known to work as well).

  • Memory (RAM): for advanced internet services like Google+, YouTube, Google Drive, and Facebook, your computer needs at least 1 GB of RAM. For local programs like LibreOffice and simple browsing habits, your computer needs at least 512 MB of RAM.
  • Processor (CPU): the minimum specification for CPU is Pentium 4 or Pentium M or AMD K8. Older processors are too slow and the AMD K7 has problems with Flash video.

How do I get support?

Please check out the ubuntoforums.org.

Known Issues

For known issues, please see the release notes.

Links

lubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus released

Lubuntu 17.04 has been released!

What is Lubuntu?

Lubuntu is a light Linux distribution using the Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment (LXDE). The goal is to provide a lightweight, fast and energy-saving operating system. Lubuntu specifically targets older machines with lower resources, but also runs great on newer hardware. Along with a simple but usuable graphical user interface, Lubuntu comes with a wide variety of applications chosen for their small footprint so you can browse, email, chat, play, and be productive.

Where can I download it?

On the Ubuntu cdimage server, we have images for the following architectures:

  • amd64 (commonly referred to as 64-bit)
  • i386 (commonly referred to as 32-bit)

The release notes are here if you wish to read them. We have left out some notes that are common to all flavors, so read the Ubuntu release notes if you wish.

What’s improved since 16.10?

  • We now ship with Linux Kernel 4.10.
  • General bug fix release as we prepare to switch to LXQt.
  • LXDE components have been updated with bug fixes.
  • The artwork has received an update.

System Requirements

Lubuntu is a good operating system for many old computers, but not for all of them. Some computers have too little horsepower or memory. A rule of thumb is that the computer should not be more than 10 years old.

Memory (RAM)

For advanced internet services like Google+, YouTube, Google Drive, and Facebook, your computer needs at least 1 GB of RAM.

For local programs like LibreOffice and simple browsing habits, your computer needs at least 512 MB of RAM.

Processor (CPU)

The minimum specification for CPU is Pentium 4 or Pentium M or AMD K8. Older processors are too slow and the AMD K7 has problems with Flash video.

How do I get support?

Please check out the ubuntoforums.org.

Known Issues

For known issues, please see the release notes.

Links

lubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak released

Lubuntu 16.10 has been released! Please download it on the Ubuntu server and read the release notes here.

What’s improved since 16.04?

  • We now ship with Linux Kernel 4.8.
  • General bug fix release as we prepare to switch to LXQt.
  • LXDE components have been updated with bug fixes.
  • The artwork has received an update.

System Requirements

Lubuntu is a good operating system for many old computers, but not for all of them. Some computers have too little horsepower or memory. A rule of thumb is that the computer should not be more than 10 years old.

Memory (RAM)

For advanced internet services like Google+, YouTube, Google Drive, and Facebook, your computer needs at least 1 GB of RAM.

For local programs like LibreOffice and simple browsing habits, your computer needs at least 512 MB of RAM.

Processor (CPU)

The minimum specification for CPU is Pentium 4 or Pentium M or AMD K8. Older processors are too slow and the AMD K7 has problems with Flash video.

How do I get support?

Please check out the ubuntoforums.org.

Known issues

For known issues, please see the release notes.

Links

lubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus released

We have released lubuntu 16.04! The lubuntu team is proud to announce another great release. Please download it here:

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/lubuntu/releases/16.04/release/

Release Notes

New Features in lubuntu 16.04 LTS

  • Kernel is now the 4.4 LTS kernel to sync with the 16.04 release.
  • General bug fix release as we prepare for LXQt.
  • Many LXDE components have been updated with bug fix releases.
  • An update of the artwork (more icons, theme update, more compatibilities …).
  • lubuntu-extra-sessions: In the past, selecting different sessions (netbook, gaming etc.) was installed by default. This is now an optional extra that can be installed by those who want this added functionality.
  • Lubuntu PPC Mac images are available in this LTS release.

Lubuntu Applications

System Requirements

Lubuntu is a good operating system for many old computers, but not for all of them. Some computers have too little horsepower or memory. A rule of thumb is that the computer should not pre-date 2000. The desktop images for lubuntu 16.04 requires a DVD / USB device to write it to, the alternate images are for those with have non-standard setups or Low RAM.

Memory (RAM)

For advanced internet services like Google+, YouTube, Google Docs and Facebook, your computer needs about 1 GB of RAM.

For local programs like LibreOffice and simple browsing habits, your computer needs about 512 MB of RAM. See minimal for systems below that RAM.

Processor (CPU)

The minimum specification for CPU is Pentium 4 or Pentium M or AMD K8.

Older processors are too slow and AMD K7 has problems with flash video.

Graphics chip / card

Nvidia, AMD/ATI/Radeon and Intel work out of the box, or the system can be tweaked to work fairly easily. You can get help at the Ubuntu Forums. With such graphics, or if you don’t know, try the current Lubuntu version.

Upgrade

Ubuntu Release notes

  • For a full list of issues and features common to Ubuntu, please refer to the Ubuntu release notes.

Known Problems

Common Infrastructure

For bugs affecting all flavors, please refer to the Ubuntu release notes.

Lubuntu Applications

This is our list of known bugs affecting applications that Lubuntu uses but relies on others to maintain.

  • Abiword language selector text cut off in abiword (1484785).
  • gnumeric menu ->help ->about gnumeric -> license button, does not work. (1516454).
  • Software properties gtk implies my cpu is unknown and not working. (1444682).

Lubuntu-specific Bugs

These are maintained by the Lubuntu team.

LXDE

  • run dialog called from one desktop opens on the desktop with preferences dialog, regardless of which desktop is current (1445818).
  • changing multiple desktop names only results in the first being changed. (1522625).

Lubuntu Desktop Installer

ALL DESKTOP IMAGES NOW REQUIRE A DVD OR USB.

Lubuntu Alternate Installer

  • Cursor invisible after timeout and screen-saving (1572640) and possibly (1568604).

All Alternate images now require a DVD or USB. As a workaround, use the server or netboot images.

PowerPC

PowerPC is only supported on Lubuntu LTS releases.

  • No slides are displayed in Ubiquity Slideshow while installing on Lubuntu or Ubuntu MATE PowerPC (1561573).

Do check with the PowerPCFAQ for known issues that are PPC specific.

Links

Lubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf released

We have released Lubuntu 15.10! The Lubuntu team is proud to announce another great release. Please download it here:

New Features in Lubuntu 15.10

  • General bug fix release as we prepare for LXQt.
  • Many LXDE components have been updated with bug fix releases.
  • An update of the artwork (more icons, theme update, more compatibilities …).
  • The problematical iBus has now been replaced with Fcitx. With that change the fonts for Chinese, Japanese and Korean have been added back into the build.
  • lubuntu-extra-sessions: In the past, selecting different sessions (netbook, gaming etc.) was installed by default. This is now an optional extra that can be installed by those who want this added functionality.
  • Lubuntu Mac images are LTS releases.

Lubuntu Applications

System Requirements

Lubuntu is a good operating system for many old computers, but not for all of them. Some computers have too little horsepower or memory. A rule of thumb is that the computer should not be more than 10 years old. The desktop image for lubuntu 15.10 requires a DVD / USB device to write it to, the alternate image remains CD sized for those who need this functionality.

Memory (RAM)

For advanced internet services like Google+, Youtube, Google Docs and Facebook, your computer needs about 1 GB RAM.

For local programs like Libre Office and simple browsing habits, your computer needs about 512 MB RAM. See minimal for systems below that RAM.

Processor (CPU)

The minimum specification for CPU is Pentium 4 or Pentium M or AMD K8.

Older processors are too slow and AMD K7 has problems with flash video.

Graphics chip / card

Nvidia, AMD/ATI/Radeon and Intel work out of the box, or the system can be tweaked to work fairly easily. You can get help at the Ubuntu Forums. With such graphics, or if you don’t know, try the current Lubuntu version.

Known Issues (Core)

Boot, installation and post-install

  • In Virtualbox, the installer currently has a bug where after the installation is complete, the installation medium will eject, but you will be unable to press ENTER to reboot. Powering off and back on should boot you into your installed system. This is being tracked in bug 1447038
  • The amd64 (Intel x86 64bit) images specifically targeted at Apple hardware (amd64+mac) are no longer produced. Most Apple computers are now capable of booting the amd64 image directly using the EFI (not legacy) boot method so long as their firmware is up to date. If for some reason your hardware doesn’t boot properly using the amd64 image, make sure you don’t have a pending EFI update and if that still doesn’t ##work, then patch the 64-bit ISO using the software in bug #1298894 (tested working on Macbook 2,1). Alternatively, simply use the ##i386 (32bit) image instead.
  • Due to changes in syslinux, it is not currently possible to use usb-creator from 14.04 and earlier releases to write USB images for 15.04; we believe that it is also not possible to use usb-creator from a 15.04 system to write USB images for earlier releases. For now the workaround is to use a matching release of Ubuntu to write the images, but we intend to issue updates soon to work around this incompatibility. 1325801 (Lubuntu suggested workaround is to use OBI which is not affected by this problem).
  • The Unetbootin versions in the Ubuntu repos are old (1497604) (Lubuntu suggested workaround is to use OBI which is not affected by this problem).
  • Guided partitioning shortcut “max” gives minimum space instead 1163908

Upgrade

  • If several keyboard layouts are configured before upgrade, the wrong layout might be selected after upgrade (1447157) Re-select the keyboard layout of your choice from the keyboard indicator or system-settings to make it the default. This setting will then persist upon reboot.
  • Celeron M computers can have trouble installing, workaround exists.

Ubuntu Release notes

  • For a full list of issues and features common to Ubuntu, please refer to the Ubuntu release notes.

Known Issues (Lubuntu)

Desktop

  • run dialog opens on desktop with lxpanel config not current desktop (1445818).

Applications

  • lxpanel volume applet settings opens empty terminal window (1434774 Workaround Exists)
  • lubuntu-software-center only lists installed applications from alternate install (1467517 Workaround Exists)
  • Abiword language selector text cut off in abiword (1484785)

Support

  • 9 months support

Please check out the ubuntoforums.org.